Library system improvements project

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The Library System Improvements Project is being implemented at City Council's direction with advice and recommendations from the Library Commission.

Priority 1 - New Belle Haven Branch Library


Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to design, finance, construct and operate a new public library facility to replace the Belle Haven Branch Library. 
The new Belle Haven Branch Library is a top 5 City Council priority for 2019.


Next steps


The City Council authorized staff to begin the conceptual design phase of the project at their April 16, 2019, meeting.

Next steps include (dates tentative):
  • July 16, 2019 - staff seeks Council approval of public engagement plan for conceptual design process
  • July/August 2019 - public engagement plan activities begin - focus groups, public meetings, Commission and Committee meetings, stakeholder interviews, pop-up engagement events, neighborhood and City surveys
  • End of 2019 - staff brings results of conceptual design to Council for review and approval
During the conceptual design phase we will work to develop:
  • Preliminary illustrations of a new branch library
  • Siting options
  • Estimated costs for a new branch library
  • Funding mechanisms
There will be multiple opportunities for residents to get involved. Your input is encouraged and welcomed - we need to hear from you! Watch this page for information about how you can get involved. 

Belle Haven Library Space Needs Study - Complete


The City Council reviewed and accepted the completed Belle Haven Space Needs Assessment at their April 16, 2019, meeting. Thank you to all of the community members and stakeholders who gave their time and their valuable insights throughout the process.

Library Commission


The Library Commission will continue to review  and provide input throughout the Library System Improvements Project. The Commission meets on the third Monday of each month.


Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee


The Library Needs Assessment for the Belle Haven Neighborhood is complete. The Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee was formed to assist throughout the process.